Coffee is a Social Factor
It is a fact that the coffee industry is very important for the Colombian economy. Coffee harvests are existential for many Colombian families. After all, the livelihood of over two million Colombians depends on it as they make their living from growing coffee. Over 40% of all Colombian coffee plants grow on small, family-owned plantations. For these small farmers it is usually necessary to organise themselves in cooperatives.
Organic, Fairtrade, Premium Quality – Coffee Beans by ASOPEP
The raw coffee beans for noar Cold Brew Coffee are sourced from the south of the Tolima region, Planadas. Our pure Arabica coffee is grown exclusively on family farms. Each of these small farmers cultivates about 2.5 hectares of coffee. For the soccer fans: that makes about 2.5 soccer fields. Because the land they grow coffee on is also their home the farmers are increasingly interested in ecologically sustainable coffee cultivation and also appreciate the above-average working conditions that the Asociación de Productores Ecológicos de Planadas (ASOPEP) is committed to providing.
It is for these reasons that they have joined ASOPEP. The organization values top quality and supports its members in fulfilling all criteria required in order to produce organic and Fairtrade-certified coffee. In order to achieve its goals, ASOPEP places a particular emphasis on the continued education of its members. All members attend regular training courses on sustainable agriculture and harvesting methods. ASOPEP places particular emphasis on the aspects of ecology and organisation (e.g. through quality control systems).
What is more, every cupper who works for an ASOPEP farm receives the so-called Q-grader training. Q-graders are professionally trained to taste and describe coffee. There are only about 4,000 certified Q-graders around the world. The Coffee Quality Institute’s (CQI) system is the world’s most renowned coffee sensory training and is synonymous with highest quality coffee. This is one of the reasons that makes ASOPEP coffee beans’ cup profile so consistent.